Charlie Sheen recalls Forest
Charlie Sheen recalls Forest Whitaker’s gruesome injury while they were filming Platoon in 1986 involving a machete and a coconut. Credits: Orion Pictures

Charlie Sheen recalls Forest Whitaker’s gruesome injury – The Two and a Half Men actor recalled a grisly injury that Forest Whitaker suffered while they were filming Oliver Stone’s Platoon in 1986, with the horrific injury involving a machete and a coconut.

Charlie Sheen recalls Forest Whitaker’s horrific injury on set

Speaking to The Guardian, Charlie Sheen shed light on a “boot camp” that the actors had to go through that was conducted by a military consultant Dale Dye before the commencement of filming for Platoon, which took place in the jungles of the Philippines and lasted for 54 days. It was during the boot camp that Charlie Sheen saw his co-star Forest Whitaker injure himself with a machete.

I don’t know if we could have captured the authenticity without that intense boot camp. Relationships that were forged there still exist to this day. We survived together.

Everybody was tired and angry. At one point, we found a coconut grove and Forest somehow got a coconut.

I can still see him now, trying to line it up with his machete. Before I could say, “Your thumb is too close!” he swings and hits his thumb dead centre.

He popped it into his mouth and two thick streams of blood poured out both sides. It was a “scream for the medic” moment – and that was still in training camp.

Charlie Sheen was cast in Platoon and his performance in the movie garnered massive acclaim, with the movie winning four Oscars including Best Picture. The actor then went on to have a very successful movie career and turned into a TV career, especially so for his work in Two and a Half Men where he was the star for 8 years before he got himself fired from the show.

Platoon is very widely regarded as one of the best movies to have ever been made about the Vietnam war, with director Oliver Stone going on to make two more similarly themed movies including Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven & Earth, which starred Tom Cruise and Tommy Lee Jones respectively.

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